This month in Seattle, there are plenty of ways to go out and enjoy the summer. Below, we've rounded up the 110 biggest events that you should know about, including iconic festivals like Capitol Hill Block Party and Seafair, food events like the Seattle Street Food Festival and the Seattle International Beerfest, performances like Fun Home and an evening of comedy featuring Fred Armisen, and big-name concerts like Bruno Mars and Blonde Redhead. Click through the links below for complete details, and, as always, find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar, including sub-sections for outside events, Fourth of July, and Bastille Day.
1. Bowie by Mick Rock Opening Day
The day after David Bowie died, Stranger music and arts editor Sean Nelson wrote the following: "Bowie’s music and presentation calibrated my consciousness to look beyond the obvious, to expect layers, to get that there should be something to get. My feeling for Bowie was never theoretical, as it is with a lot of artists I admire. It was love, though I didn’t ever believe that love was returned or acknowledged. Or needed. Which made it the correct response. Such was the power of his charisma, his talent, his utter commitment to the conception and performance of himself. What is not to love about the creation called David Bowie? In an age when the standing ovation has been devalued, it’s worth considering how few other artists have ever deserved one simply for existing so utterly for so long." As you wander through this collection of 65 photographs of David Bowie taken by renowned British photographer Mick Rock, rare performance footage, and oral history interviews, you can love David Bowie deeply. Just because you want to.
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Every year, this iconic summer festival that started in 1950 puts on dozens of events throughout Seattle, with highlights including the Seafair Pirates' Landing (July 8), in which "pirates" come ashore to snarl in a friendly fashion at the kids; Seafair Derby Day (July 15), when 100 milk carton boats of all shapes, colors, and sizes race around Green Lake; and the nighttime Seafair Torchlight Parade (July 29).
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3. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors
Interest in Yayoi Kusama’s work has been high in recent years, due in part to high-profile exhibitions at the Tate, the Whitney, and other major international institutions. When Infinity Mirrors opened at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC, in February 2017, it drew more than 32,500 visitors in a week—the museum’s greatest attendance for those dates in decades. The show’s next stop is Seattle Art Museum, and anticipation is already running high in the city that hosted her first US exhibition 60 years ago. The playful accessibility of Kusama’s work, paired with its genuine expression of cosmic wonder, has made her one of the most successful and iconic contemporary artists in the world. Infinity Mirrors promises to be a blockbuster exhibition for SAM and one of the must-see experiences of the summer. EMILY POTHAST
Akon has put a halt on his worldwide community service to return to Seattle for a night of mid-'00s auto-tuned R&B hits and smooth entertainment mined for his new tour.
5. B.o.B. with Guests
Atlanta hiphop maven B.o.B. is back on the scene promoting new work on his Elements Tour.
6. Rise Against & Deftones
When Sacramento’s Deftones released their debut album, Adrenaline, in 1995, it was well ahead of its time and considered by many to be one of the definitive works of what would be dubbed “nu-metal.” As this aggro style made its way onto mainstream radio, Deftones were lumped in with their Adidas-tracksuit-wearing tourmates Limp Bizkit and Korn. Twenty-two years and seven albums later, Chino Moreno, Stephen Carpenter, Abe Cunningham, Frank Delgado, and Sergio Vega have outlived the flock, building upon their signature sound by adding elements of lush post-rock and leaning heavily on melodic, driving choruses and less on super-chunky mosh-pit-stoking riffs. KEVIN DIERS
Drag burlesque duo Kitten 'n' Lou bring a (wet, hot, American) summer theater treat to Seattle with Camptacular! This performance will be a contemporary dance, drag, and burlesque Bomb Pop featuring Stranger Genius Award winner Cherdonna, contemporary dancer Markeith Wiley, ever-rising star Waxie Moon, and special guest Jeez Loueez, who, according to my extensive YouTube video searches, blends twerk and burlesque to great effect. Go. You'll be a happy camper. RICH SMITH
8. 2017 Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival
Seattle Chamber Music Society is once again throwing their Summer Festival, with free informal recitals and full orchestral performances for all ages throughout the month of July. Go get more classical music in your life (perhaps by attending Music Under The Stars, wherein you get your dose of intimate symphonics with a box of wine in your purse amidst an Arcadian setting at twilight).
10. The Roast of Mama Tits
There's going to be a roast of Mama Tits—or as the press release says, "a celebratory take down of Seattle’s favorite Skyscraper Hostess"—featuring drag stars Bianca Del Rio and Jackie Beat, director Chi Chi Larue, San Francisco queens Heklina and Sister Roma, and Seattle queens Robbie Turner and Mark Finley. I don't know why I'm treating this so breathlessly—probably because I'm deep into the latest season of RuPaul's Drag Race, and it's getting tense, and it's the only reality TV show I watch. Also the gay thing. CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE
11. Triple Threat with Kimball Allen
Kimball Allen has an uncanny knack for gathering talent for his shows, like a mad chef grabbing unlikely ingredients and whipping them together in a bowl until he's ready to present you with the world's most unlikely gourmet feast. Spilling out of his bowl this time is Wes Hurley, fresh from winning best documentary short at SXSW for his film Little Potato. The bewitching Waxie Moon will twirl by, as well as comedian/dreamer/puppetmaker Emmett Montgomery, octogenarian singer Shirley Claire, and the cast of Paradise Theatre's Thoroughly Modern Millie. What do all of these acts have in common? Absolutely nothing, except that they somehow work perfectly together. MATT BAUME
12. The 2nd Annual Royal Room Psychedelic Festival
The Royal Room’s three-day psychedelic festival is subtitled “The Music of 1967, a 50 Year Celebration.” There’s a ton of great music from that year to celebrate! It looks like each night has a different lineup of period album tributes performed by an army of local players. For instance, tonight’s sets include music from John Coltrane’s Expression, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention’s Absolutely Free, The Velvet Underground & Nico, plus “Rarities and Oddities.” The oddities will mostly be music from, well, “peripheral” groups, those who were deeply important in 1967, but didn’t become canonized by “oldies” radio—bands such as the 13th Floor Elevators, Love, and the Seeds. The rest of the fest will spotlight key albums by Cream, the Who, the Doors, Grateful Dead, Aretha Franklin, Don Cherry, and Jefferson Airplane. MIKE NIPPER
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14. I Love The '90s: The Party Continues
We all want an endless old-school lunch, but we can’t help being reminded—by this lineup out of our middle-school dreams—that death creeps ever closer. We’re born, we live, we die—this is how we do it. You already want to die every time your basic-ass officemates sing Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend”—are you prepared to hear an entire arena? Are you hoping those Eurodance acts are going to be front-loaded on the bill so you have time for a leisurely drive from the North- or South-End suburbs you got priced out to? Are you wondering what TLC, one of the all-time-great girl groups, are like without Left Eye? Are you gonna cry your eyes out and scream your throat raw for them anyway? Yes, yes, you are. Good talk. LARRY MIZELL JR.
15. MXPX with Five Iron Frenzy and Slick Shoes
MxPx’s best-known cut, “Chick Magnet,” told my story! No, really! I was always sitting there, unable to even get a woman to talk to me. And the guy next to me scored at will, and I could never figure out why or how. As I got older (not necessarily wiser), I met other fellows who thought MxPx were singing their song, too. And so I learned my story isn’t so special. A few years ago, I met the Chick Magnet (my Chick Magnet) on a bus platform. I’d noticed him back in town, wasn’t sure whether to talk. He was divorced, he said. He never saw his children. A few years later, his son died. And so I learned that even Chick Magnets live with what they conceal and they muster through. A painfully human moment sprung from punk-pop. ANDREW HAMLIN
16. Czech That Film
This touring film festival is billed as "the largest Czech cultural event in the United States," traveling around American cities while showing off the variety and talent in Czech cinema. When it stops in Seattle, audiences will have the chance to see seven feature films, from an animated take on The Little Mermaid to a horror film about the "Noonday Witch."
17. Ballard SeafoodFest
Ballard SeafoodFest is here, and it's gonna be a doozy this year. They anticipate 75,000 attendees, which means it will be an absolute cluster. Dogs, triple-wide strollers, dogs in triple-wide strollers, you're sure to see it all there, blocking your way to the next delicious treasure you seek. That said, there's a ton of delicious treasures there, and they're so very worth braving the crowds for. If you descend into the fishy maelstrom, you'll be rewarded with seafood from the likes of Off the Rez, Where Ya at Matt, Barriga Llena, Bread and Circuses, and Tumble Swede. Speaking of Tumble Swede, owner Lexi is also offering Ole and Lena's Herring Shack this year, which she described to MyBallard blog thusly: "Our tongue-in-cheek contribution to dry Norwegian humor will be offering nothing but herring.” Nothing but sweet, sweet alderwood-smoked herring, pickled herring with carrots and onions, and crispy deep-fried herring. Yes, please. TOBIAS COUGHLIN-BOGUE
18. Seattle International Beerfest
Bring your own blanket to laze on the Seattle Center lawn and enjoy more than 200 types of classic or "exotic" beers.
19. Fred Armisen
Portlandia star and Saturday Night Live veteran Fred Armisen will join with stand-up comedian and writer Jacqueline Novak for an evening of comedy at the Neptune. We have no idea what topics these jokers will cover, but prepare for Armisen to skewer Seattle in the same way he's dissected and sneered at the culture of our sister city.
20. PROOF: Washington Distillers Festival
Washington State is booze-rich, and PROOF gives you the chance to sample gin, whiskey, vodka, and bourbon, meet distillers, and buy bottles of your favorite Washington-made spirits. The festival is back for its fourth year, and will again showcase the huge variety of spirits produced by makers (more than 40 participating) from the Washington Distillers Guild (the largest of its kind in the nation). There will also be bites from many top-notch Seattle restaurants like RN74, Theo Chocolate, The Carlile Room, and Uli's Famous Sausage. Plus: you can also expand your alcoholic horizons and attend a few series of "educational yet entertaining sessions," during which expert bartenders will create beverages using the featured festival spirits.
21. Anastacia-Renee's Gramma Book Release
After decades of work, Anastacia-Reneé is dropping three wildly different books this year. This party celebrates the birth of (v.), which was published by local heroes Gramma Press. Stranger Genius Award nominee Robert Lashley thinks the book is so good that it "deserves every stage poetry can give it," and it looks like its first stage is going to be a good one. There's going to be food, drinks, a photo-booth situation, and also readings by Tommy Pico, Sarah Galvin, and Imani Sims, as well as a Q&A with Reagan Jackson. If there's such a thing as "the poetry event of the summer season," this is it. RICH SMITH
22. Hot Off the Press Book Fair
Seattle's world-renowned Fantagraphics Books, known for their boundary-pushing cartoons and graphic novels, will host their annual Hot Off the Press book fair. They'll have new releases you must check out immediately, including Simon Hanselmann's One More Year, plus selections from Breakdown Press, Hey Lady, Short Run Micropress, and Fogland Studios.
23. Jonathan Safran Foer
I've been hearing mixed reviews about Here I Am, the first novel in over a decade from award-winning author and Natalie Portman confidante Jonathan Safran Foer. Christian Lorentzen from Vulture calls it "a Philip Roth novel in the style of a Hallmark card." But Publisher's Weekly gave it a star and calls it an intensely "imagined and richly rewarding novel." Where you fall along that spectrum will likely depend on whether you thought Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close were masterful, genre-bending works of postmodern beauty or twee as fuck. There's only one way to find out. RICH SMITH
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24. Marymoor Park Summer Concert Series
The 640-acre Marymoor Park again hosts its annual outdoor concert series, so pack your blankets and wine Nalgenes and head out into a sonic woodland experience. This month, don't miss Dirty Heads and SOJA (July 8), Russ (July 9), UB40, Matisyahu, Raging Fyah (July 13), Khalid (July 14), Slightly Stoopid (July 16), and Rootfire in the Emerald City (July 29).
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25. Doris Totten Chase: Changing Forms Opening Day
This summer, the Henry presents the first retrospective of Seattle/New York artist Doris Totten Chase (1923-2008). Chase started out as a painter and sculptor—one of very few women associated with the Northwest School. In 1968, she shot a video of dancers interacting with her sculptures, and soon she was using Boeing's computer imaging technology to produce early and influential computer-generated video art. Chase lived and worked in New York during the '70s and '80s, and today her video and film works are in the collection of MoMA. Now is your chance to see them in the other city Chase called home. EMILY POTHAST
26. Shawn Mendes
The latest babyfaced pop sensation on the scene, Shawn Mendes, will bring his YouTube crooning to Seattle on his first headlining arena worldwide tour.
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27. Outstanding in the Field
This event series markets itself as a "roving culinary adventure," which means they set up tables in gardens, farms, and other unique, non-restaurant spaces around the country and the world and serve a farm-to-table dinner. Each meal puts a strong emphasis on the source of the ingredients in order to "re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food, and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it." Outstanding in the Field has existed since 1999, and, this July, will bring the experience to the Seattle area with dinners at Hama Hama Oysters in Lilliwaup (July 9—sold out), Willowood Farm on Whidbey Island (July 11 and July 12), and Maple Rock Farm on Orcas Island (July 13)—in addition to events in Portland, Vancouver, the Rockies, the Midwest, and beyond.
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28. Bastille Café & Bar Rooftop Dinner Series
Enjoy the warm summer weather (and clear views of the Ballard ship canal, mountains and the sound) at Bastille's twice-weekly rooftop dinner series. There are twenty-four Monday and Tuesday evening dinners between June and September, each starting with a rooftop garden tour and featuring a multi-course, family-style meal with wine pairings. The groups are small—under 10 guests—and the food is super local, often harvested directly from the rooftop garden.
29. The Washington Bus & The Stranger Present Candidate Survivor 2017: A Seattle Space Odyssey
Candidate Survivor—the semi-regular political event that brought you council member Mike O’Brien rapping, Mike McGinn juggling, and an array of insightful Joel Connelly tweets—is back! For the uninitiated, Candidate Survivor is like a regular candidate forum, but more fun. Seattle's mayoral hopefuls will answer serious policy questions before (or after) showcasing talents. The audience decides who stays and who goes through elimination rounds. Will we see Nikkita Oliver the boxer or Nikkita Oliver the poet? How quickly can Jenny Durkan run away from her career choices? Can Mike McGinn (2013 Candidate Survivor champion) last two minutes without saying, "When I was mayor..."? Find out. STEVEN HSIEH
30. All Time Low, SWMRS, The Wrecks, Waterparks
American rock band All Time Low have been steadily selling over a million albums and touring worldwide for years now, charming audiences with their cohesive pop-punk vibe. They'll be joined at this tour stop by SWMRS, The Wrecks, and Waterparks.
31. Amos Lee Live in Concert with the Seattle Symphony
Perennial Starbucks-soundtracker Amos Lee will take his night of soulful singer-songwriter vibes to the next level by having the entire Seattle Symphony present as his backing band.
32. Betsayda Machado
Frequently lauded as "the voice of Venezuela," Betsayda Machado is the queen of South American folk music, instilling power, gravitas, and compassion into the Venezuelan Afro-soul genre, "tambor," along with spirit-shaking percussion and dancing.
G-Dragon is considered the leader and producer of Korea's most popular artist group, BIGBANG, along with creating and sustaining his own esteemed solo career, racking up over a billion views on YouTube on his produced hits.
34. Sabrina Carpenter with Alex Aiono and New Hope Club
Newest recruit of the Disney teenybopper set, Sabrina Carpenter returns to Seattle only eight months after her last sold-out set, maturing from Neumos to the Neptune. She'll be sharing new tracks on her "De-Tour," with support from Alex Aiono and New Hope Club.
35. Connie Willis
Connie Willis is the winner of an unprecedented total of 11 Hugo Awards and seven Nebula Awards, and she's reading in Seattle as part of the Clarion West science fiction series. She'll share some of her favorite new work and answer questions about process, teaching, and more.
36. A Conversation with Attorney General Bob Ferguson
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson made international news this year when he instigated the first lawsuit that blocked the implementation of Trump's Muslim ban. In this interview moderated by Enrique Cerna, swoon over Ferguson's political conviction and unstoppable motivation while you learn about his fight against the new and revised version of the ban.
37. Fun Home
As the books and theater writer at The Stranger, it's impossible for me to overstate how excited I am to see Fun Home in Seattle this week. The graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, which Lisa Kron based her Tony Award–winning show on, kills me. Part of that excitement is nervousness, though. The reason I like the graphic novel so much is because of all the subtle literary connections Bechdel makes between her life and the books she came up with, came out with, and related to her father's death. Will those subtleties translate to the stage, or will the stage transform the nature of those subtleties, or does FIVE Tonys mean none of this matters? Jessica Fu, The Stranger's erstwhile social-media manager, put me at ease. She saw the show in New York and reported back thusly: "I cried during and after! And then the next morning." Better bring a box of tissues. RICH SMITH
38. Living Legends
The Living Legends, a loose hiphop collective of MCs and DJs from all over California, Japan, and Europe, have regrouped for a tour that showcases their devotion to their grounded DIY movement. Performers include BFAP (aka Sunspot), LUCKYIAM.PSC, Mystik Journeymen, The Grouch, Murs, Eligh, Scarub, Aesop, and Bicasso & Arata.
39. Eagles of Death Metal, Melvins, Spotlights
Crazy to think that butt-rock revivalists Eagles of Death Metal, Josh Homme’s chap-assed and porn-stached “not-side project” with Jesse Hughes, have been around for more than a decade. Some will remember them for their goofy but seriously catchy mid-’00s tunes like “Speaking in Tongues” and “I Want You So Hard.” Many will not, as Queens of the Stone Age took more and more of Homme’s attention and the Eagles took an extended hiatus. Happy news, then, that they’ve returned from novelty-act purgatory with the album, Zipper Down, whose lead single “Complexity” promises the same mix of guzzle-gut thrill and winking dumbfuckery that endeared them to the hipster set way back when. KYLE FLECK
Young Maryland MC Logic fits easily into the "sensitive guy" rapper lineage, with his hardscrabble origin story buffeted by beats ripped straight from the turn-of-the-century Kanye gospel-soul playbook and rhymes that can achieve the internal fluidity of B-side Kendrick, with sadly little of the unflinching honesty that marked Mr. Lamar as a major new player. Indeed, this (good) kid can flow, and the production glistens expensively, but one finds little substance beyond the artfully flipped syllables and platitudes dressed up as choruses. KYLE FLECK
41. Timber! Outdoor Music Festival
Timber! Outdoor Music Festival returns to Carnation for another year of diverse music and small-town, outdoor fun. The all-star line-up includes big names like Sisters of Soul, Sera Cahoone, and Shovels & Rope, with local gems like Maiah Manser, The True Loves, Smokey Brights, Cataldo, and Adra Boo rounding it out, and many more involved. There will also be activities including a 5K run, swimming, mountain biking, stargazing, and tree-climbing.
42. Burt Bacharach
Legendary composer, performer, and godfather of pop Burt Bacharach will share his decades of chart-topping experience with a four-day residency of jazz and classic chamber pop.
43. Cascadia NW Arts and Music Festival
Starborne presents Cascadia NW Arts & Music Festival at the Masonic Family Campgrounds in Granite Falls, an entire weekend to camp out and enjoy live music, interactive art, workshops, performances and artisan vending. In their words: "Family Friendly and Party Approved."
44. Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone in Concert with the Seattle Symphony
The Seattle Symphony will take on the cultural phenomenon that is Harry Potter with a performance of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, in a chance for the audience to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen amid John Williams’ unforgettable score.
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45. Celebrating Cary Grant
Once again, SAM will spend the summer celebrating the devilish charms of Cary Grant. This year’s lineup includes Mr. Lucky, The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer, I Was a Male War Bride, People Will Talk, Monkey Business, and To Catch a Thief.
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46. Summer at SAM
These Thursday and Saturday events offer a plethora of family-friendly arts programming throughout the park, including yoga, zumba, tours, shows, workshops, food, and more.
47. Hoodoo Love
This is the Seattle premiere of Katori Hall's Hoodoo Love, presented in collaboration with the Hansberry Project. The play, set during the Great Depression, promises folk magic, blues music, and a born-again Christian missionary.
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48. Chateau Ste Michelle Summer Concert Series
Every year, Chateau Ste. Michelle lays out a full summer season of music legends and cultural luminaries to grace their beautiful landscape of flowing wine. This month, check out Blondie & Garbage with John Doe & Exene Cervenka (July 13), Lyle Lovett & His Large Band (July 15), Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie (July 19), Natalie Merchant (July 22), An Evening with 2Cellos (July 23), An Evening with Diana Krall (July 28), the Festival of Jazz (July 29), and the Wine Country Blues Festival (July 30).
49. Bastille Day
Celebrate French National Day (which commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789) at celebrations where you can eat French food, drink rosé, and listen to French music. Find them all on our Bastille Day calendar, including Cafe Campagne's 15th Annual Bastille Day party in Post Alley.
50. DJ Shadow
You should never count out DJ Shadow. While the masses are rightfully celebrating the anniversary of his milestone sampledelic-hiphop debut album, Endtroducing, he’s done plenty of good work since then, as both producer and DJ (his mixes are always essential). Last year’s The Mountain Will Fall is a late-career reminder that Shadow thrives as a stylistic magpie, a musician constitutionally unable to settle into one groove over a whole record. Whether it’s the title track’s Boards of Canada pastiche, the bizarre trap excursion “Three Ralphs,” the blues-guitar-augmented, Run the Jewels–powered hiphop anthem of “Nobody Speak,” or the crushingly funky and wonky “Bergschrund,” with masterly German keyboardist Nils Frahm adding the oddest synth timbres to appear on a Shadow release in years, Mountain exudes vitality. Dude’s also the rare studio wizard who can bring it live, multimedia-style. DAVE SEGAL
51. Kool and The Gang
There's no doubting the large funk/soul ensemble's technical proficiency, but clips of recent live performances show a troubling tendency for cheesy crowd interaction and emphasis on their frothier material (who doesn't grimace after hearing "Celebration" for the millionth time?). But in their 1970s prime, Kool and the Gang cut some of the filthiest and sweetest funk to ever maximize a gluteus. If they fill at least half their set with burners like "Jungle Jazz," "Hollywood Swinging," "Funky Stuff," and "Love the Life You Live," this will be worth the trip to Snoqualmie. DAVE SEGAL
52. Throwback Sizzling Jam 2017
Relive your adolescence with the "Throwback" Sizzling Jam, a stacked summer fest line-up of '90s classics, including Tony! Toni! Toné!, Dru Hill, Silk, Total, H-Town, The Alumni, and many more.
53. West Seattle Summer Fest
Some of Seattle's favorite bands will head out to the West Seattle Junction for this summer's festival: Thunderpussy, SassyBlack, Wiscon, Porter Ray, CHARMS, Lisa Prank, and many more. If you know any of these names, you can tell it's a lineup of pop, soul, rock, hiphop, and punk talent. There will also be a market: If previous years are anything to go by, one can eat tasty fried food, watch clowns be unintentionally creepy, learn about sustainability, and play giant Jenga.
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54. Alex & Aris
This is the world premiere of Alex & Aris, a play about Aristotle and Alexander the Great: two people who altered the shape and trajectory of the world. But this production will focus more on how they changed each other, exploring their relationship as tutor and student when Alexander was just a teenager.
55. Campout Cinema: The Hunger
About The Hunger, Charles Mudede wrote, "Because we can’t stop missing David Bowie, and because it is one of the greatest vampire films ever made, you must do everything you can to watch The Hunger this weekend. Yes, you can see it on video or online. But nothing beats the dark magic of seeing Catherine Deneuve and Bowie and pre-Bernie-bonkers Susan Sarandon on a movie screen, nothing beats watching this erotic trio in the company of strangers. And then there is the beat of Bauhaus’s gothic dub, 'Bela Lugosi’s Dead.' Are you feeling me? This is the 1980s in a state that’s close to perfection." This is a great opportunity to see this beloved vampire story at MoPOP—bring stuff to make yourself cozy (blankets, pillows, etc, but no chairs) and they'll have drink specials on offer as well as trivia, giveaways, and "other surprises." Your tickets also include admission to the exhibit Bowie by Mick Rock.
56. An Evening with Cowboy Junkies
Blues-inspired psychedelic Americana group Cowboy Junkies have rapidly been approaching prolificacy with their amount of lauded releases over the last decade.
57. Joseph Arthur with Ray Goren
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur returns to the Triple Door, with Ray Goren as opening support.
58. Nightmares on Wax with DJ Kid Hops
Seattle sure loves Nightmares on Wax. The UK tropical funkateers seem to play here at least once a year, roaming through their 25 years of catalog on Warp Records with the sort of laidback head-nod fodder that’s instant sonic sunshine for our Vitamin D-deprived souls. DAVE SEGAL
59. The Revolution
First in mourning, Prince's band The Revolution gathered themselves for a series of shows in his hometown of Minneapolis as an homage to their fallen leader and to Purple Rain. Now, the Revolution will head out on a nationwide tour, performing the music they helped create with him in a continued tribute and in celebration of the music that we continue to cherish.
60. Train, Natasha Bedingfield, Michael Franti & Spearhead, O.A.R.
Nondescript radio rockers Train share their posi alt vibes with a gorge full of '90s revivalists, as well as openers Natasha Bedingfield, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and O.A.R. You can also buy extra $40 tickets for Train's Play That Song Wine & Music Experience, an upgrade that includes 15 tasting tickets so you can sample wines from more than 20 wineries.
61. Dragon Fest
The "largest pan-Asian celebration in the Northwest" spans cultural performances, food, and art from India to China to the Philippines to the Pacific Islands. It includes the beloved $3 food walk, where you can explore the neighborhood while inhaling cheap snacks, as well as Korean drumming, Chinese martial arts, and lion/dragon dances.
62. Seattle Street Food Festival
More than 75 food trucks will gather, flanked by looming South Lake Union skyscrapers, for a curbside food festival, with a beer hall and a Night Market that lasts until 11 pm.
63. Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival 2017
Theater is alive in Seattle, but, as in most places, it generally isn't cheap. GreenStage, Theater Schmeater, and Wooden O Productions set out to change that in 2001 with the first Outdoor Theater Festival. Watch Shakespeare plays and more contemporary pieces from 14/48, Jet City, Last Leaf Productions, Shakespeare Northwest, and the festival's founders over what will hopefully be a sunny weekend.
64. Seattle to Portland (STP) Bicycle Classic
Bicycling magazine has hailed it as one of the best biking events in the US: Up to 10,000 riders will ride this epic 200+ mile course from Seattle to Portland in either one or two days through scenic Washington and Oregon.
65. Divas Take America
Drag queens shall triumph over the "mini-Trumps in our state" in this benefit show for the activist groups Paramount Duty (for fully funding public education) and Seattle Indivisible. DonnaTella Howe and Sylvia O'Stayformore will run this "political carnival," which is open to all ages, and star in a show.
66. The Drums with Stef Chura
As professional music-makers, the Drums have never relied on technical wondery to get their point across; they sail past most tech-rockers on a boat built of sleek aesthetic, cutting melodies, and an infatuation with gloomy lyricism. Singer Jonny Pierce can carve a dirge into the back of a helium-light pop song, either with scalpel-scrawled musings like "They might hate you, but I love you, and they can go kill themselves" (from "Let Me," which is a song about the tribulations of the Russian LGBT community), or the simple wordless vocal harmonies that are at once gorgeous and hopelessly sad. TODD HAMM
67. J. Cole with Guests
When I think of North Cakalack's J. Cole, I think, "nice dude," "successful," but I'm always reminded of his song from last year's Born Sinner that lifts Outkast's "Da Art of Storytellin'" track. I know Andre 3000's vivid, heartbreaking verse about a childhood love lost to abuse and addiction, word for word, every inflection intact. Then there's the Cole cover, in which he's insecure-stunting, seemingly stuck on those who hated on his sanctified strive for success, in the low-wattage Westian fashion that is today's standard. But honestly, I couldn't quote you a bar. Emotional intelligence just isn't a thing you can learn in XXL. To each his own. LARRY MIZELL JR.
68. Aimee Mann with Rhiannon Giddens
This ZooTunes event pairs indie acoustic powerhouse Aimee Mann with Carolina Chocolate Drops founder and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens, promising performances of music from both of their latest albums.
69. Javiera Mena, ELIA, DJ Chilly
Chilean artist Javiera Mena, widely popular for her wild looks and collaborative sounds across her home country, concocts trance pop for the future. She'll be joined in her sonic weavings by ELIA and KEXP's DJ Chilly.
70. Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows with Rivers & Rust
For reasons unknown, early '00s alt rock stalwarts Matchbox Twenty have rallied the troops to take over White River with the Counting Crows for a summer evening of music that could be so smooth.
71. Michelle Branch with HAERTS
Michelle Branch, one of the many talented early 2000s piano-playing wristband-wearing Top40-RenFair wistful singer-songwriters, is back on the scene with a tour stop in our fair Seattle.
72. Pat Martino Trio
For over 50 years (save for a stretch in 1980 when he suffered a brain aneurysm and lost much of his memory and had to learn how to play from scratch), Pat Martino has been one of jazz’s most preternaturally smooth and fluid guitarists. On albums like El Hombre, East!, Baiyina (The Clear Evidence), Desperado, Consciousness, and Joyous Lake, Martino flaunts masterly pointillist/impressionist motifs that flow and curl with impeccable tone and logic. Whether at a swift or languid tempo, Martino’s guitar playing and composing exude sophisticated emotional profundity. Recent reports and video footage reveal that Martino still has the virtuoso bravura of his peak years. His current trio includes Hammond B3 player Pat Bianchi and drummer Carmen Intorre. DAVE SEGAL
73. Kitchen Sessions: Yayoi Kusama
Celebrate Yayoi Kusama's highly anticipated Infinity Mirrors exhibit (which Emily Pothast called "one of the must-see experiences of the summer") at this evening of performance featuring artists including Ms. Briq House, Naa Akua, Tyisha Nedd, Angel Gardner, and Eva Walker. The show will "highlight the underbelly of black womanhood in a way that illuminates both struggle and survival."
74. Lynyrd Skynyrd
Still going strong despite retaining only one original member, Lynyrd Skynyrd will bust out decades of the southern rock experience at EQC with a nine-member band.
75. Portugal. The Man with Crater
WhooooooOOOOooeeeeeooOOOoeEEEEooo! Take a hit off the ol' helium bong, because it's time to wiggle it out to the restless psychedelic/rock/punk (what genre is the Mars Volta?) of Portland's Portugal. the Man. Their album, Evil Friends, is a mostly upbeat collection of bouncy summer jams (even lines like "after you, hell should be easy" are delivered in a sugary croon over layers of happily buzzing guitars and stompy drums) and youthful "let's do this" anthems. Listen to "Modern Jesus" if you want that last bit to make sense; listen to "Hip Hop Kids" if you want the first bit to make sense. EMILY NOKES
76. John Mayer
Singer-songwriter John Mayer is known for a lot of things that aren't related to his music in any way, so we'll just say he's back in town and he'll be playing a set of very easy listening hits against the beautiful natural backdrop of the Gorge.
77. The Psychedelic Furs and Robyn Hitchcock
“Heartbreak Beat” is the Psychedelic Furs’ greatest song. From the opening eerie whine to the down-the-block horns to the martial snare to the declaration that “feels like love” is “all that we need,” even as Richard Butler, through his abraded throat, knows he’s settling for what he can settle for. But that’s all he can get “down on my street.” I still don’t think the Furs made a great album [Actually, the first two qualify. —Dave Segal], although as late as 2014, I rode around on Metro with an old-style Walkman trying to parse Mirror Moves. They’re a great singles band, though, and they can put those singles together to make a great show. That’s what matters. Rough beauty. Sadness. ANDREW HAMLIN
78. Basin Summer Sounds Music Festival
Basin Summer Sounds is the largest free contemporary music and arts festival in the Northwest, featuring live music performances, kid-focused events, visual arts. and a charity basketball tournament. The two-day festival showcases both local and international acts, including XEB (with original members of Third Eye Blind), Spike & The Impalers, Brewer's Grade, Nitewave, and more, on the lawn of the historic Grant County Courthouse.
79. Capitol Hill Block Party 2017
Twenty-odd years ago, Capitol Hill Block Party was a one-day music event, featuring just a single stage. This year, the now iconic Capitol Hill festival will take over six blocks of the Pike/Pine corridor for three days of local and national artists on five separate stages. Tickets include the chance to see headliners Diplo, Run The Jewels, and Lord Huron, along with exceptional local artists like Zoolab, Sloucher, and Saint Claire, larger touring talents Angel Olsen, Wolf Parade, Lizzo, Thundercat, and many, many more.
80. Darrington Bluegrass Festival 2017
Arlington's bluegrass festival attracts twangy talent from all over the country. This year's lineup includes Rhonda Vincent and the Rage (TN), Special Consensus (IL), Gold Heart (VA), Robert Wabe (WV), and others, along with more local talent like Rural Delivery from Bremerton and the Combinations from Darrington.
81. Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival
For the 30th year running, Winthrop's the place to be for all your rhythm & blues needs this summer: a full three days of music with on-site camping, beer gardens, food, and actual showers so you can hold onto some semblance of your humanity.
82. Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, John Craigie
Oahu songwriter and banana-pancake-shiller Jack Johnson shares his Calgon-level folk rock and global green initiatives with a massive audience at the Gorge, and support from The Avett Brothers and John Craigie.
83. Joshua Radin with Rachael Yamagata and Brandon Jenner
Joshua Radin has the monopoly on emotionally resonant indie rock, and will be illustrating the reasons for his success in a set flanked by equally popular Starbucks soundtracker Rachael Yamagata and guest artist Brandon Jenner on their Coffee House Live Tour.
84. Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.
Jazz vocalist Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. may be a big name thanks to America's Got Talent, but manages to stay on top courtesy of smooth as silk performances every time he hits the stage.
JULY 22-23FOOD & DRINK
85. Wine on the Rock: Bainbridge Island Summer Winery Event
Hop on the ferry and head to Bainbridge Island for this two-day gastronomic event featuring wine, music and food across seven different island wineries. Your ticket is good for both days, and includes a wine tasting at each of the seven wineries, bites to complement each tasting, live music at each winery, a special event wine glass, and a six-bottle wine tote.
JULY 23FOOD & DRINK
86. International Seattle Chocolate Salon 2017
Get yourself your daily antioxidants and head to the 9th Annual Seattle Chocolate Salon—a one-day festival featuring local and international chocolate, plus the fine people who make it. You'll get to hear from Seattle-area chefs like James Beard award-winner John Sundstrom (Lark), as well Utah-based chocolatier Art Pollard of Amano Artisan Chocolates. Other companies include Hot Chocolat, Seleuss Chocolates, Tease Chocolates, indi chocolate and Forte Chocolates. Head to the chocolate salon. You'll probably be in a better mood afterwards, and you're likely to be nicer to your friends, family and coworkers, too.
87. Dita Von Teese's "The Art of the Teese" Burlesque Revue
Probably the most famous burlesque dancer alive, Dita Von Teese brings her sexy and luxurious act to Seattle. See her curl up in a giant martini glass, perform the ballet-themed "Swan Lake Striptease," and revive her "Cowgirl Act."
88. Bruno Mars
Funk-laden pop star Bruno Mars takes on the whole world with his 24K Magic tour in support of his latest album named (what else) 24K Magic.
89. Rachel Khong: Goodbye Vitamin
Rachel Khong has two very good, very different books coming out. One is called All About Eggs, which is a funny and informative cookbook about the only life-giver that's also a top-tier party snack. It's published by Lucky Peach, so you know it's pretty and full of great illustrations. Her other book is a novel called Goodbye, Vitamin, which is about a down-and-out thirtysomething who gets dumped and is thus forced to return to her childhood home, where she must care for her ailing parents. It's supposed to be as charming and funny as the egg book, but a little bit sadder. Khong's definitely a writer to keep your eye on. RICH SMITH
JULY 25FOOD & DRINK
90. Chow Down 2017
Head to Columbia City for Chow Down, a one-night food and beverage sampling event where participants try a wide variety of bites from an array of restaurants and breweries in Hillman City and Columbia City. Here's how it works: you'll purchase a "passport" for $50, and this grants you access all night to over 20 locations along Rainier Avenue. 100% of the proceeds will go towards the Rainier Valley Food Bank, which provides food assistance to low-income residents in Southeast Seattle, with a focus on families, seniors, individuals with disabilities and those without stable living situations.
91. Anastacia Reneé Tolbert and Friends: Forget It
This is the book launch for Black Radish's Forget It, one of three Anastacia Reneé titles due for publication this summer. If you haven't seen Reneé at a reading around town in the last year or so, you haven't been going to readings around town. She's everywhere, either performing her dramatic, multi-persona poems from one of those three books, or starring in her ever-developing solo show, 9 Ounces. She's swept up tons of local and national awards and residencies recently, and for good reason: her poems are smart and powerful, her delivery is varied and compelling, and she's got great style. RICH SMITH
92. An Evening with Ken Burns
Super-famous documentarian Ken Burns is known for his lengthy and straightforward takes on history. Today, he will join with filmmaking partner Lynn Novick (who worked on projects including The War, The Civil War, and Jazz) to present their latest work: The Vietnam War. They'll screen an hour of the new documentary, then speak in a panel moderated by Enrique Cerna featuring guests including Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War and What It Is Like to Go to War.
JULY 25-30FOOD & DRINK
93. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Coming to Paramount as part of their 2016-2017 Broadway season, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a play-within-a-play adapted from the novel by Mark Haddon. Precocious, non-neuro-typical teenager Christopher sets out to solve the murder of his neighbor's dog, a crime of which he's been unjustly accused. But his investigation, which is shaped by unusual fears and abilities, leads him to his own family's secrets and lies.
JULY 26FOOD & DRINK
94. Game of Chefs
Join Pike Place Market's Atrium Kitchen for Seattle Good Business Network’s first annual “Game of Chefs.” The event is half party and half fundraiser, starring Dine Around Seattle chef Alvin Go of Ethan Stowell's Mkt., and additional chefs who have yet to be announced. The chefs will engage in healthy competition to create the tastiest and most creative dishes from the same basket of Seattle Made products, plus a pantry of locally sourced produce and staples from the market. The evening will also feature a photobooth, raffle, "heavy apps" from Madres Kitchen, a signature cocktail from OOLA Distillery, and Seattle Made beer and wine from Pike Brewing Co. and Wilridge Winery. Local celebrity judges and the audience will collaborate to choose Seattle's "top chef," and attendees will also gave the chance to meet the makers and chefs themselves.
95. Blonde Redhead with Porcelain Raft
The obvious joke here is that the best Blonde Redhead album I ever heard was Daydream Nation, but there is possibly slightly more to be mined from them than post-no-wave peer parallels. Though clear in influence (and name acknowledgment), Blonde Redhead hovered at the forefront of burgeoning alt-ness for American teens through the 1990s and early 2000s because they remain fuzzy in intent. Are they truly carving out a place for emotionally apathetic yet sonically pointed noise rock (and occasional electronic balladeering), or will being the coolest kids at the party (the party being the Cooler or the Chelsea 20 years ago), for them, suffice? KIM SELLING
96. Neil Diamond
Becoming an unlikely pop star in 1966 with "Solitary Man," his first record for Bang Records, Neil Diamond has lived and worked as an American music legend for the past five decades. This stop in Seattle will be a part of his 50 Year Anniversary World Tour.
JULY 27FOOD & DRINK
97. Red, White & Brew
Join the Seattle Center for Seattle Magazine's sixth annual summer tasting event—you'll have the chance to sample brews, wines and provisions from local breweries, wineries and restaurants. Your ticket includes bites from participating restaurants, live music from local bands, tastings from Seattle Magazine's Washington Wine Awards and Beer Awards winners and samples from more than 60 local wineries and breweries.
JULY 27-28FOOD & DRINK
98. Tasting Flight
Choose drink samples from among 50 Northwest wineries' offerings, meet animals, and relax to music by KEXP DJs Morgan and Richard at this super-popular zoo-wine event. Bring your own glass or buy one from the zoo's limited supply.
99. Jazz Port Townsend Festival
Here is what you have to do. Drive down to the ferry dock, drive onto a ferry, cross the bay on this ferry, exit the ferry, drive across the island, cross some bridges, stop at a gas station for something that’s fried, salty, and not good for you, eventually enter the Port Townsend and, before heading to Fort Worden State Park, admire a number of the town’s Victorian-style homes. When you finally park your car in the pretty park, roll down your window and listen to the music in the sun-brightened air. That music is jazz and it’s a part of the Jazz Port Townsend Festival. Cars were not made for the city but for short trips like this. CHARLES MUDEDE
JULY 28GEEK & GAMING
100. THEORY: Festival 2017
It may very well be the fanciest nerd party of the year. THEORY features science experiments, outdoor music from KEXP DJs Darek Mazzone, DJ Miss Ashley, Chilly, and Larry Rose, plus Heritage Distilling Co. cocktails and food from fancy places around town like Il Fornaio and Thackeray. Plus, you'll get after-hours entry to the Terracotta Warriors exhibit.
101. 10,000 Maniacs with Cindy Lee Berryhill
Things I’m betting you don’t know about 10,000 Maniacs: It’s now 24 years since Natalie Merchant left, and they’re doing fine. They cut a cover of Roxy Music’s “More Than This” back in 1997 and they shot the video at the mind-boggling House on the Rock in Spring Green, Wisconsin, where they got to ride the world’s largest carousel (get a Wisconsin native to explain the rest). “New” singer Mary Ramsey also plays violin, viola, and cello; she’s considered one of rock and roll’s best violinists. The latest studio album is called Twice Told Tales, and it’s a collection of traditional folk songs. It would break my heart, had I a heart to break. (Still looking for it though.) ANDREW HAMLIN
102. Smash Mouth and Spin Doctors
Now that nü-metal is making a comeback, and Guy Fieri's arctic ramen tips are de riguer, it's the perfect time for Smash Mouth to hop back on the scene. Their unique brand of fitful bowling alley ska-rock will be joined by Spin Doctors — here's hoping they play "Two Princes" a million times over.
103. George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
In the late 1960s, Clinton and his musical conglomerations of Parliament and Funkadelic ushered in the funk movement. Clinton aptly orchestrated and groomed the likes of Bootsy Collins, Eddie Hazel, Bernie Worrell, and Maceo Parker, stirring them all into a sonic combination that was impossible not to move to. Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic dominated music in the 1970s with more than 40 R&B hits (which included three number ones and three platinum albums). Live, the show became an otherworldly circus. There was the Aqua Boogie Bird, the Brides of Funkenstein, the Booty Snatchers, 20-foot shades, a pyramid, a spaceship, all consumed in gyration. Despite the spectacle, what never got buried was the musicianship. TRENT MOORMAN
104. Strictly Seattle Performances
See new works by Kate Wallich, Pat Graney, Alice Gosti, Mark Haim, Stephanie Liapis, Maya Soto, and Jaret Hughes, as well as films from KT Niehoff’s Film Track students, created as part of the Strictly Seattle adult dance intensive.
105. 6th Annual Watershed Festival
Watershed Country Music Festival returns to the Gorge for a wild weekend of twangin' goodness. Put on your "Shedder gear" (trucker hats?) and get ready for three whole days of down-home studs.
106. Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live!
If you were a weird kid in the '90s, you may remember Joel Hodgson's gleefully no-budget sci-fi TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000, in which a man and two robot puppets mercilessly mock terrible B-movies from crappy studios around the world. It was dumb, affable, and a little too addictive to be strictly good for you. Now, the show will take to the stage for two live performances at the Moore. First, they'll ridicule the godawful caveman movie Eegah!; the second show is a surprise.
107. Ed Sheeran
Dark horse British pop star Ed Sheeran brings his red-haired Top40 charm to Tacoma this summer.
108. Little River Band
Melbourne rockers Little River Band achieved modest success in their home country of Australia, steadily gigging since 1975. Now they're back to tour the United States with a renewed sense of vigor.
109. The Great Inflatable Race
This race takes children and adults alike under bouncy house obstacles, including a giant shoe. Whether you're looking for some unusual exercise or you just want to revert to childhood for the morning, it looks like a buoyant good time.
JULY 31READINGS & TALKS
110. Robert Moor: On Trails—An Exploration
On Trails is the first book by Robert Moor, a hiker and writer who had an excellent essay in The New Yorker titled "Why The Most Popular Hiking Memoirs Don't Go the Distance." On Trails came out in 2016 to thunderous acclaim from environmentalists, outdoors enthusiasts, and reviewers, and was called "the best outdoors book of the year" by the Sierra Club.